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Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available at the link. 375 pages with black & white photographs and extensive tables

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The Congress of Ghosts (available as eBook) is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of www.dmairfield.org and the 10th year of effort on the project dedicated to analyze and exhibit the history embodied in the Register of the Davis-Monthan Airfield, Tucson, AZ. This book includes over thirty people, aircraft and events that swirled through Tucson between 1925 and 1936. It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders. Order your copy at the link.

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Military Aircraft of the Davis Monthan Register, 1925-1936 is available at the link. This book describes and illustrates with black & white photographs the majority of military aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield between 1925 and 1936. The book includes biographies of some of the pilots who flew the aircraft to Tucson as well as extensive listings of all the pilots and airplanes. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author, while supplies last.

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Art Goebel's Own Story by Art Goebel (edited by G.W. Hyatt) is written in language that expands for us his life as a Golden Age aviation entrepreneur, who used his aviation exploits to build a business around his passion.  Available as a free download at the link.

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Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race (available as eBook) is available at the link. This book describes and illustrates with black & white photographs the majority of military aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield between 1925 and 1936. The book includes biographies of some of the pilots who flew the aircraft to Tucson as well as extensive listings of all the pilots and airplanes. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author, while supplies last.

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Clover Field: The first Century of Aviation in the Golden State (available in paperback) With the 100th anniversary in 2017 of the use of Clover Field as a place to land aircraft in Santa Monica, this book celebrates that use by exploring some of the people and aircraft that made the airport great. 281 pages, black & white photographs.

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Thanks to Guest Editor Bob Woodling for help researching this page.

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Thanks to Andy Heins, President (as of the upload date of this page) National Waco Club. Andy  runs the day to day business of the Club, and we should all thank him for the effort he expended to help us understand better the Waco aircraft that landed and were signed in our Registers way back when.

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WACO UIC NC13561

Waco UIC NC13561, Location & Date Unknown (Source: SDAM)
Waco UIC NC13561, Location & Date Unknown (Source: SDAM)

 

This airplane is a Waco Model UIC, S/N 3813. It landed once at Clover Field, on Thursday, June 14, 1934 at 1:00PM. The pilot was Ray Moore (Transport pilot certificate T3169) who arrived solo in the airplane from Los Angeles' United Airport in Burbank, CA. Moore noted "United Airport" in the remarks column of the Register. Photograph, left, is courtesy of the San Diego Aerospace Museum (SDAM) Flickr Stream. It is probably of a later vintage than the other images below from 1934.

Bakersfield Californian (CA), May 7, 1934 (Source: Woodling)

 

At the time of its landing in Santa Monica, NC13561 was owned and operated by the Shell Aviation Company of California. Moore noted this fact in the remarks column of the Register.

The news article from the Bakersfield Californian, May 7, 1934 places the airplane and Ray Moore participating in an air show about five weeks before they are signed in the Clover Field Register.

Most oil company aircraft were expressly used for executive transport, but they also commonly participated in public events and races for their advertising power and to demonstrate the value of their gasolines and lubricants for aviation. Texaco, Valvoline and Stanavo were other oil companies that used corporate aircraft for executives as well as for promotion.

Below is a port front quarter photograph of NC13561 on the ground at St. Louis, MO in 1934. It wears Shell livery and it was probably painted yellow and red, the typical Shell colors. The man standing at center is Jimmy Doolittle, who worked for Shell at the time. The others are unidentified. The first four of the photographs below are courtesy of the State Historical Society of Missouri (HSM).

Waco UIC NC13561, St. Louis, MO, 1934 (Source: HSM)

Below, a view of NC13561 from the front.

Waco UIC NC13561, St. Louis, MO, 1934, Front View (Source: HSM)
Waco UIC NC13561, St. Louis, MO, 1934, Front View (Source: HSM)

Below, a view of NC13561 from the rear.

Waco UIC NC13561, St. Louis, MO, 1934, Aft View (Source: HSM)
Waco UIC NC13561, St. Louis, MO, 1934, Aft View (Source: HSM)

Below, a full port view of NC13561 showing the Shell livery.

Waco UIC NC13561, St. Louis, MO, 1934, Port View (Source: HSM)
Waco UIC NC13561, St. Louis, MO, 1934, Port View (Source: HSM)

The type certificate for the model UIC was issued March 2, 1933. Seventy examples of the model were manufactured by the Waco Aircraft Company in Troy, OH. They came from the factory powered by a Continental R-670 engine of 210HP. It cruised at 125MPH with a 450-600 mile range. They cost $5,985 new at the factory field, well-appointed with an impressive amount of standard equipment.

The 2002 photograph, below, is from the American Aviation Historical Society Journal (AAHS). It is flying with what appears to be a full complement of four passengers.

Waco NC13561, Date Unknown (Source: AAHS via Woodling)

NC13561 appears in the contemporary FAA database of registered aircraft, but does not have a current airworthiness certificate in effect. It appears it was recently (?) sold to an individual on Long Island, NY. According to Andy Heins, this airplane is not flyable and has not flown since the late 1940s/early 50s, and "It is an incomplete restoration project currently in California." If you have information about this airplane, please let me KNOW.

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